Staff Picks: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels

Sep 11, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; UNLV Rebels quarterback Doug Brumfield (2) dives for a touchdown against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Williams, Publisher – Iowa State 45, UNLV 10

Cyclones get things right, for the most part, on offense. UNLV is going to struggle up front big-time offensively.

Jared Stansbury, Managing Editor – Iowa State 41, UNLV 14

I envision Iowa State’s offense coming out sharp after what I can imagine wasn’t the most pleasant week of practice. Iowa State’s defense does its thing holding UNLV scoreless until breaking through during the second half.

Rob Gray, Senior Writer – Iowa State 42, UNLV 10

 This should shape up to be the Cyclones’ much-needed “get well” game, but UNLV was able to hang with No. 19 Arizona State in the first half last Saturday before falling, 37-10. The Runnin’ Rebels are 50-142 since 2005 — and their quarterback situation is unsettled. The talent gap is wide here, so I fully expect ISU to finally get its offense going while the defense continues to be stellar. 

Jeff Woody, Football Analyst – Iowa State 44, UNLV 9

I’ve said all I need to say this week on what I expect ISU to do this week in prep/practice and what that means to the next opponent, whoever that may be. This opponent just happens to be a young, inexperienced team hosting the Cyclones on what will feel like a bowl game. 

Jay Jordan, Football Analyst – Iowa State 27, UNLV 13

This is a “should be” opponent. Things work like they should. On defense, the Cyclones continue dominance because there is a solid two-deep there. The offense should break out, but I have less confidence in that. A comfortable win that leaves the fans “meh” heading into the fourth week.

Bret Meyer, Football Analyst – Iowa State 34, UNLV 10

Right now everyone associated with the offense (players and coaches) feels they need to do more. UNLV is the perfect opponent at the right time. We finally find some consistency in the run game, defense continues to dominate. Clones win easily.

Todd Blythe, Football Analyst – Iowa State 28, UNLV 7

Iowa State finds a little rhythm on O as Breece goes over the century mark for the first time this season. We still won’t cover the 30 point spread unless the defense can hold UNLV to negative points but a win is a win. 

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.